Item Description/Title: Vintage ca 1935-1943 “Halloween Skeleton Seated on a Toilet” Works Progress Administration (WPA) real photo postcard (RPPC).
The postcard contains this comically humorous title caption: "The Lost W.P.A. Worker"
*Picture View Side of Postcard: Picture view side delightfully depicts a full-sized skeleton in all his “naked” bones glory seated on a commode clutching on to the toilet paper roll as if for dear life. Quite the “social commentary” of the times! ;~0
*Reverse Side of Postcard: Postcard is POSTALLY UNUSED.
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Special Attributes: Highly cross-collectible, this very rare and incredibly unique postcard would make a marvelous addition not only to the collections of historical/political memorabilia enthusiasts, but also to those of skeletons &/or Halloween memorabilia aficionados.
Subject Matter(s)/Genre(s): Topical/Historical Memorabilia - Politics/Political Current Events - President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Works Progress Administration” New Deal Program; Holidays (Holiday) - Halloween; Comic; Real Photo
Publisher/Markings/Signature: The L. L. Cook Co., Milwaukee
Back: Divided back
Postal Usage: Postally unused
Age/Period: Vintage - ca 1930s to ca early 1940s (the Work Projects Administration a/k/a W.P.A. was formed on April 8, 1935 and liquidated on June 30, 1943)
Material Type/Format/Style: B&W Glossy Photographic Paper
Quantity: One (1)
Size/Measurements: 5 ½"W x 3 ½"H
Condition Summary (kindly also refer to “Grading Scale” below as well as any/all photos):
Very good to excellent!
Condition Details/Specifics: Reverse side of card does retain a residual modicum of scrapbook paper still affixed to it as a result of having been protectively stored within a scrapbook all these many years (it had been stored inside said scrapbook until we removed it for purposes of listing it for sale)! When viewing the card “straight on” this is not visible, but being noted for utmost purposes of accuracy, when the card is held at just the right angle one can see (as well as feel) an approximately 1 ½”L diagonal line on the postcard’s surface. It is NOT a crease, as the card is not bent in any way. Rather, it appears to be inherent as part of the glossy photographic surface only and does not go through to the back side (can’t be seen or felt on the reverse side).
***CONDITION GRADING SCALE:
M - MINT: A perfect card just as it comes from the printing press. No marks, bends, or creases. No writing or postmarks. A clean and fresh card. Seldom seen.
NM - NEAR MINT: Like Mint but very light aging or very slight discoloration from being in an album for many years. Not as sharp or crisp.
EX - EXCELLENT: Like mint in appearance with no bends or creases, or rounded or blunt corners. May be postally used or unused and with writing and postmark only on the address side. A clean, fresh card on the picture side.
VG - VERY GOOD: Corners may be a bit blunt or rounded with minor faults at the corners and/or along the edges. Almost undetectable crease or bend that does not detract from overall appearance of the picture side. May have writing or postally used on address side, minor soiling or light stains, light cancel marks on view side, overall in very fine condition with emphasis on minor with regard to faults
G - GOOD: Corners may be noticeably blunt or rounded with noticeably slight bends, creases, tears/nicks, visible smudges, or light trimming to the size of the card. May be postally used or have writing on the address side, Generally a card that is in acceptable collectible condition but with visible medium to major flaws
FR - FAIR: Card is intact. Excess soil, stains, creases, writing, or cancellation may affect picture. Could be a scarce card that is difficult to find in any condition. A card or item that can only be considered a space filler or reference copy given presence of major flaws plus major damage such as missing corners, holes, large bends etc
Excerpted Online Research Information About President Roosevelt’s “Works Progress Administration (WPA)” New Deal Program (attributed to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_Progress_Administration): [Formed April 8, 1935 and liquidated on June 30, 1943] The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads.
Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency...
...The WPA was a national program that operated its own projects in cooperation with state and local governments, which provided 10–30% of the costs...”
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